Green’s Dictionary of Slang

discombobulate v.

also discombobligate, discombobolate, discomfoozle, discomfuddle, discumboblificate, discumfuddle
[a nonsense word, playing on SE discomfit and/or discompose + ? bobbery n.]

to discomfit, to confuse; thus discombobulation n.

[[UK]Motteux (trans.) Gargantua and Pantagruel (1927) II Bk IV 294: Oudart cursed and damned the wedding [...] complaining that one of the bums had utterly discornifistibulated his nether shoulder-blade].
[US]A. Greene Life and Adventures of Dr Dodimus Duckworth I 177: That way! well, then my head is turned about sure enough. That tarnal cider must a discomfoozled me.
Spirit of the Times (NY) 16 Mar. 24/2: Finally, Richmond was obliged to trundle him, neck and heels, to the earth, to the utter discombobulation of his wig .
D. Dudley Pictures of Life in England and America 234: Oh ! the un-boundless grease — hem! — grace of — of — the poor little child has somewhat discombobulated my ideas.
[UK]Isle of Wight Obs. 14 Apr. 3/4: Our brother Jonathan thought they might as well take a drink; the idea was not catawampus, and as they had got a case of champagne [...] they proceeded to extermporise the same by discomboblificating the bottles of the case which enclosed them.
[US]J.F. Brobst letter in Brobst Well Mary, Civil War Letters 104: Over goes the kettle, beef and all, put out the fire and discombobligated things generally [...] Everything is upside down now.
[UK] in Punch 28 Feb. 107: Oh, Canada, dear Canada, we shall not discombobulate / Ourselves concerning JONATHAN.
Herald & Tribune (Jonesborough, TN) 5 June 2/4: White caps have appeared in the lower end of Sullivan county. They claim their mission is to discomfuddle men and women of low grade and purify the community.
[UK] ‘’Arry on Wheels’ in Punch 7 May 217/2: Don’t I jest discumfuddle the donas, and bosh the old buffers as prowl/ Along green country roads.
Herald (Los Angeles) 16 Mar. 4/6: [headline] Discombobulation in San Diego.
[US]Tucumcari News (NM) 4 Jan. 12/1: Too much of a good thing will even discombobulate the alimentary intentions of a country editor.
[US]L. Pound ‘A Second Word-List From Nebraska’ in DN III:vii 542: discombobulation, n. Discomfiture, state of being upset, or much shaken. ‘That will cause much discombobulation,’ [...] There is also a verb, to discombobulate.
[US]Sun (NY) 1 Aug. The great duel between Vincent Gaffney in his underwear and the discombobulated police: .
[UK]R. Frost Letters 11 Feb. (1964) 178: I put my own discombobulation first to lead up unnoticably to yours.
[US]I. Wolfert Tucker’s People (1944) 90: I hope I’m not discombobulating you.
[US]I. Bolton ‘Many Mansions’ in N.Y. Mosaic (1999) 413: Offsetting [...] and generally discombobulating all these odd had-beens and would-be’s were Mary Morrison and her queer friend Morty.
R.P. Blackmur in Hubler et al. Riddle of Shakespeare’s Sonnets 138: The hues attract, draw, steal men’s eyes, but penetrate, discombobolate, amaze the souls or psyches of women.
[US]R. Coover Public Burning (1979) 592: We don’t need no more of your hissin’ and blowin’ and generally discombobulatin’ splutterations!
[US]J. Ciardi Good Words 92: Discombobulate. [...] To discomfit. To confuse [...] To flabber one’s ghasts.
[UK]Indep. Rev. 6 Sept. 1: I’m very into ‘discombobulate’ [...] at the moment.
[UK]Observer 13 Apr. 33/2: His story is also rather discombobulating for those on the reactionary right of his own party.